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. that is for international monitors to be put on the ground in crimea. russian forces back to base. sergei lavrov has made it clear in the last few hours that the troops on the ground in crimea are not russian. he says they are from self-defense forces looking to russia for protection, but not members of the russian military. those are the outlines of the developments so far today. let's just listen to a little of what sergei lavrov had to say in mid drid. >> translator: i would to understand what you understand by pro russian forces. these are the forces of self-defense created by the residents of crimea. we did not order them. they didn't get any orders from us. as to the military personnel of the black sea fleet, they are in places of their dislocation, yes. some additional measures of extra vigilance were taken to provide the security of the troops of the police fleet. as our president said we will do everything not to let any bloodshed, not to any attempt at life and security of those who live in the ukraine including, of course, the citizens of the russian federation. >> reporter: sergei lavrov spea
ahead of a dentist takes me to his russian counterpart sergei lavrov but now the countries surveyed both the palms of recent events in ukraine and health at stores open. words of rock above all just rhetoric saying that there's a strong belief the russian action is punishing is central to her message. we are preparing to work with anybody. if they're genuine interest to ensure that ukraine on. is able to govern itself. as i indicated before and something that i think it's not been emphasized enough. they are currently scheduled to have elections in may. the actions are aimed a car or fall. president putin says moscow will not recognize its peak in this first set of eyes that dress since the crisis began. she remained resolute the russian of course is on all the right team crimea. if you also refused to rule without the use of force but stressed it would be a last resort today to russia said to me to discuss the crisis further. in ukraine's capital kiev where the still morning that day. counting cash is which led to the eventual a good thriller that presidents and candidates. that goes it
foreign minister has been speak. sergei lavrov, what did he have to say? >> reporter: it was interesting, an astonishing really. he had a prepared speech. this was clearly aimed at events in syria. and he said that military intervention usually abnormally harmed civilians and that you shouldn't intervene on the pretext of protecting civilians. and then all of a sudden he departed into a very robust, angry defense on russia's actions in ukraine in which he said russia intervened military to protect russian civilians. so, you know, our experience of sergei lavrov in geneva is normally a very clever operator. a clever foreign diplomat. but his speech today was really caught contradictory. not the one he planned to make. obviously changed on the plane coming over here to insert the section in which he was very blunt. it's our business. we need to protect russian civilians in ukraine. >> sit important to understand why ukraine matters so much in russia. did he spell out the historical links? >> not so much, no. what he talked about was ultra nationalists, violent extremists. he was referring
counterpart sergey lavrov. >> michael, forgive me for the bluntness of this question. when we spend so much time on the international story. why does the u.s. impair the ongoing crisis in ukraine and particularly in crimea? >> that is threshold question, no question about it. that is the first question when the president ultimately faces the press on this that he will get from the press corps. a destabilized ukraine means a destabilized europe and all kinds of problems for the united states. the president also says today, when congress does return, they're out today on a snow day, he wants them to take up sanctions in coordination with the european union, against russia in retaliation for this. harry reid, the democratic leader says we can't wait, we have to go it alone. only 2% of the trade is done with russia. this affects europeans much more than it does the united states, in a much more direct fangs. any unilateral sanctions from united states wouldn't have the bite unless the europeans are going along with that. there's a considerable amount of consultation going on between the united
, sergey lavrov, and his chinese counterpart have spoken by phone about the situation. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, we know simply from the russian foreign ministry that they had this talk and that their views, russia and china, their views coincide on this issue and that they would be staying in close contact. there are so many high-level talks going on. there is also an osce meeting this afternoon to try and resolve this physician, and john kerry will be coming to kiev on tuesday. so, so many diplomatic efforts. and i've got to tell you, the people here in crimea feel like thaerz caught in the middle of it, and a lot of people say, please, put the message across that right here it's peaceful now. it seems to be that the real anguish, the angst is going on in the war of words around this small part of ukraine, christine. >> that's a really good point. diana magnay, thank you so much. and of course, so much of the issue here is that ukraine is quite literally the pipeline for russia and so much exports of oil and gas to europe. this is right there, the footprint, the
with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov. secretary kerry said he urged lavrov to engage in direct talks with ukraine. meantime, parallel talks between nato and russia are being held in brussels, belgium. secretary kerry also met in paris today with u.s. allies. that meeting included ukraine's new interim foreign minister, who was one of the protesters in kiev. he actually traveled to paris with kerry after kerry's high profile visit to that country's capital yesterday. the meeting concluded with issuing of the statements saying in part, "united states, united kingdom, and ukraine agreed direct talks between ukraine and russia facilitated as needed by members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation." meantime, russian troops remain in firm control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: hi, there, tamron, well, that meeting you referred to was indeed brief, kerry did urge lavrov to have direct
meets sergey lavr lavrov, russia's foreign minister. he has his work cut out. >> nbc news analyst, professor at stanford university. until six days ago, he was the u.s. ambassador to russia. ambassador mcfaul, good morning to you. >> thanks for having me. >> let me talk about what vladimir putin has said this morning. he said he took the action sending troops into crimea because of an illegal coup in kiev. he said the military force is still an option, although only a last resort. and then he said the most important thing to do is to give people the right to determine their own faith. and he feels that sending 16,000 troops into crimea is the way to do that. what's your reaction? >> well, i thought the press conference had a lot of mixed messages because on the one hand, he threatened the more use of force. secondly, he said there was a revolution in kiev and therefore previous commitments that russia had to respect ukrainian territory are no longer valid. that was very disturbing. on the other hand, he said what you just said, and that's a statement that president obama would agr
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